Explain what the following quotation tells us about Linda's character in Brave New World.
Explain what the quotations given below show us about each character. Then, in the spaces labeled Additional Quotation, find a second passage in the novel that supports the same conclusion about the character. Indicate the second passage by the page numbers and first sentence.
- Rushing up to Lenina, who is visiting the Reservation, Linda cries out: If you knew how glad after all these years! A civilized face. Yes, and civilized clothes. Because I thought I should never see a piece of real acetate silk again.(p. 80)
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Obviously, Linda has never been able to assimilate into the civilization at the Indian Reservation. After she has ruined one of the weaving looms and she has offended the woman so much that they have beaten her because she has slept with their men thinking that "everyone belongs to everyone" as she has been conditioned to do so, it is clear that her hypnopoedia has been effective. Linda is truly a product of her environment and desires to return to it. But, her return to civilization is futile:
The return to ciilization was for her the return to soma, was the possibility of lying in bed and taking holiday after holiday, wihtout ever having to come back to a headache or a fit of vomiting, without ever being made to feel as you always felt after peyotl, as though you'd done something so shamefully anti-social that you could never hold up yhour head again. Soma played none of these unpleasant tricks. The holiday it gave was perfect and, if the morning after was disagreeable, it was so, not intrinsically, but only by comparison with the joys of the holiday.
Linda longs for the escape that the New World offers from pain, from guilt, from life. Soma sends her into the world of "real acetate silk." (Silk is silk, not acetate, a synthetic material.) Having known the real world, Linda now wishes to escape it.
To me, this quote shows a couple of things about Linda. First of all, she does not seem to be particularly bright. Second, she is very much in love with the idea of the civilization -- she is a true believer in it and cannot wait to be back in it.
I suppose since Linda is a Beta-Minus, it makes sense that she would not be very smart. But she just seems really shallow and dull here.
But what this really shows is how much she has missed civilization. She has missed it so much that she will go back to it and then really just immerse herself in soma and never have to have feelings again.
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